Willem de Beer

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Willem Wikkelspies de Beer
Personal information
Nationality  South Africa
Born (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 29)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 metres and 200 metres
Club University of Pretoria (Tuks)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m 45.67 (Porto Novo 2012) 200 m 21.18 (Pretoria 2012)

Willem Frederik Andries de Beer (born 14 March 1988) is a South African sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres.[1]

He won a silver medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, de Beer was part of the South African team in the 4 x 400 metres relay semifinal, where he was to run the final leg. In the second leg Ofentse Mogawane collided with Kenya's Vincent Mumo Kiilu, resulting in South Africa's withdrawal from the race.[2] South Africa was passed into the final on appeal to the IAAF, due to interference from the Kenyan athlete who downed Mogawane. They were assigned the 9th lane.[3] He ran the second leg in the final in which South Africa finished eighth.


  1. ^ "Willem de Beer London 2012 Profile". london2012.com. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  2. ^ New York Times, "Pistorius’s Relay Ends Before It Begins", Andrew Das, 9 August 2012
  3. ^ Newsday, "Oscar Pistorius, South Africa to run in 4x400-meter Olympic final on appeal", Associated Press, 9 August 2012

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